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Tuesday, March 29
Men's golf at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic
Little Rock, Arkansas

SFA baseball at Wichita State University
6:30 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas

SFA tennis vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Women's golf at the Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational
Sugar Land

Wednesday, March 30
SFA baseball at Wichita State University
1 p.m.
Wichita, Kansas

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 31
SFA track and field at Texas Relays
10 a.m.

Friday, April 1
SFA softball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
3 p.m.
SFA Softball Field

SFA Planetarium "The Endless Horizon" showing
7 p.m.
Math Planetarium Building

SFA baseball vs. Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
6:30 p.m.
Jaycees Field

SFA track and field at Texas Relays
9 a.m.

SFA track and field at the Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, California




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Dr. Dusty Jenkins

Department of Psychology

Jenkins, assistant professor of psychology, Dr. Scott Hutchens, professor and chairperson of the Department of Psychology, and senior psychology student Andrew Benson will present their work on Saturday, April 9, at the Southwestern Teaching of Psychology session of the Southwestern Psychological Association’s annual convention in Dallas.

Their work titled “Tests that Teach: The Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique” and “An Investigation of the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique in Freshmen Psychology Classes” focuses on the utilization of the Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique, which is a scratch-off style answer sheet for multiple choice tests that allows students to learn the correct answers and calculate their exam grade before leaving the examination session.

Dr. Scott Hutchens

Department of Psychology

Hutchens, professor and chairperson of the Department of Psychology, will present his research titled “Talking/Texting About a Revolution: Cell Phone Use Across a Decade” on Friday, April 1, at the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference in New Orleans, Louisiana. His research investigated how cell phone use and dependency has changed across a decade with data collected in 2005, 2010 and 2015.

Also, Hutchens and Dr. Tiffany Culver, associate professor at Sul Ross State University - Rio Grande College, presented their research titled “Read Your Book! An Investigation of Student Textbook Reading and Perceived Importance” at the Southeastern Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Atlanta, Georgia. Their Scholarship of Teaching and Learning research project investigated student textbook reading habits and their perceived importance of reading textbooks for classes.

News & Announcements

Caddo Conference, annual East Texas Archeological Conference scheduled for April 1-2

The 58th Caddo Conference, combined with the 23rd annual East Texas Archeological Conference, will be held on Friday, April 1, and Saturday, April 2, at Thomas J. Rusk Elementary School's Beall Gym.

The Washington Square Mound site is on much of TJR’s campus. There is a $20 registration fee. Friday presentations will feature Caddo archeology in Texas and a presentation by Dr. John Hart, a student who completed his master's thesis on Washington Square ceramics in 1982.

Saturday presentations will focus on archeology in Oklahoma and Arkansas, the report of the Caddo house being built at Caddo Mounds State Historic Site and various presentations by the Caddo. All are welcome to attend a dance by the Caddo around 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, contact Dr. George Avery, cultural heritage research coordinator in the Department of Anthropology, Geography and Sociology, at averyg@sfasu.edu.

SFA Regents Professor, Dr. Ray Darville, to present lecture

Dr. Ray Darville, professor of sociology at SFA, will present “The Seventh Objective: Live a Natural Life” at the upcoming Regents Lecture.

Darville, the 2015-16 Regents Professor, will deliver the address at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 5, in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus. Refreshments will be served, and there is no admission charge. The Phi Eta Sigma induction ceremony will follow the lecture.

Reserved for exemplary university role models, the title of Regents Professor is the highest honor SFA bestows upon faculty members and is held for one academic year.
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Dr. Adam Peck to deliver webinar

Dr. Adam Peck, assistant vice president and dean of student affairs at SFA, is presenting a webinar titled “Reimaging Leadership Programs to Focus on Academic Achievement and Career Development” at noon tomorrow.

Session topics will include how to apply the six attributes of effective high-impact practices to student leadership programs; help faculty and student affairs staff members design effective leadership experiences that capitalize on the benefits of active/collaborative learning; and the best practices in student leadership programs.

For more information, click here.

Office of International Programs to host Global Gateway to Pakistan tomorrow

SFA's Office of International Programs will host a Global Gateway to Pakistan at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the McGee Business Building, Room 133.

A Pakistani SFA student will discuss the country's culture and authentic Pakistani food samples will be available after the presentation and informal discussion.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at (936) 468-6631.

Lumberjack Network e-newsletter available

The March issue of “Lumberjack Network,” a monthly e-newsletter distributed to more than 45,000 alumni and friends, is now available online. If you aren’t receiving the SFA e-newsletter, click here to subscribe.

School of Human Sciences to host first Research Week beginning today

The School of Human Sciences will celebrate its first Research Week beginning today through Thursday, March 31, to recognize the accomplishments of its students and faculty members.

The students’ poster presentations and reception will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow in the Human Sciences North Building Lobby. Students and faculty members who have collaborated in research can submit and present their posters. All SFA faculty and staff members are welcome to attend. The Human Sciences Ambassadors are hosting the event.

For more information, contact Dr. Gina Fe Causin, assistant professor of human sciences, at causingf@sfasu.edu.

SFA Planetarium to screen 'Endless Horizon' beginning Friday

The SFA Planetarium will screen the film “Endless Horizon” beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, April 1. The screenings will be every Friday through May 6.

The program details man’s explorations of Earth and the sea of space through which the planet travels. Read a synopsis of the film here. Admission is $2.

For more information, click here.

Application deadline extended for 2016-17 Wisely Fellow Competition

The application deadline for the Wisely Fellow Competition for 2016-17 has been extended to Friday, April 15.

SFA’s School of Honors and the Office of Academic Affairs sponsors the Wisely Fellowship, which allows Fellows to become more involved in the School of Honors in the fall and to teach an honors course in the spring. The one-year academic fellowship seeks to build community within the School of Honors as well as provide the opportunity for an innovative teaching experience.

For more information, click here or contact Dr. Michael Tkacik, School of Honors director, at mtkacik@sfasu.edu.

Earth Day Celebration planned for Saturday, April 2

SFA's 2016 Earth Day Celebration will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at the SFA Gardens Pineywoods Native Plant Center behind the Tucker House and next to the SFA Gardens Spring Plant Sale. 

The event will include live music, food and activities related to sustainability for kids and adults of all ages. The celebration is an opportunity for members of the SFA student body and the Nacogdoches community to join together in furthering the vision of a sustainable campus and community.

A guided bike ride will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the Nacogdoches Farmers Market to the celebration.
The Earth Day Celebration is sponsored by Campus Recreation’s Outdoor Pursuits, the SFA Student Sustainability Coalition, SFA Gardens, Nacogdoches Naturally and SFA Health Science.


’Jacks travel to Kansas for two games at Wichita State University

SFA’s baseball team has played its last eight road games outside of Texas and this trend will continue when the ’Jacks visit Wichita State University today for a two-game series with the Shockers.

The non-conference duels are scheduled to take place at 6:30 p.m. tonight and 1 p.m. tomorrow Wednesday, March 30, at Eck Stadium.
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Steiner tied for second; SFA tied for fifth at Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational

SFA golf senior Mackenzie Steiner remains in contention following the opening two rounds of the 2016 Houston Baptist University Husky Invitational at Riverbend Country Club Monday. Steiner is tied for second overall with a 4-over 148, highlighted by a 1-over 73 in round one, sitting three shots back of the individual leader.

Steiner’s effort helped push SFA to a tie for fifth following the opening 36 holes of the event, shooting a 50-over 626 through two rounds. SFA opened the event with a 19-over 307 and was in sole possession of second place following round one, but added 12 shots to its total to card a 31-over 319 in round two, slipping to the fifth-place tie.
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SFA braces for tussle with league-leading Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Triumphant in its last three Southland Conference matches, SFA’s women’s tennis team closes out a three-match stretch of home confrontations with a tilt today against Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi.

Beginning with a first serve at noon, the Ladyjacks will try to hand the league-leading Islanders their first loss of the season. SFA has earned its keep with its singles play in the last three matches as the squad posted a 15-3 mark in one-on-one play during that span.
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Leyvani, Sheehan among top-10 as SFA sits seventh in Little Rock

SFA golf freshman Angelo Leyvani continued his impressive month, shooting a 2-over 146 to sit tied for fifth among individual standings at the 2016 University of Arkansas at Little Rock First Tee Classic. Leyvani’s effort helped pace SFA to a seventh-place showing, shooting a 28-over 604 through the opening two rounds.

One week after registering a runner-up showing at the Bob Sitton Invitational, Leyvani continued to impress, opening the day with a 2-over 74 before an even-par 72 in round two, sitting four shots back of the individual leader after 36 holes.
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Fine Arts

SFA to exhibit unique Barnett artwork

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Art will present an exhibition of the works of Vera Barnett tomorrow through Friday, May 6, in Griffith Gallery on the SFA campus and in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

The exhibition will feature oil paintings, as well as examples of the artist’s plastic models used to make her paintings, according to John Handley, director of galleries at SFA, who first saw Barnett’s work while he was visiting Valley House Sculpture Garden and Gallery in Dallas.

“I found her work unique, curious, humorous and honoring an awareness of art history unlike any I had seen before,” he said. “As with many artists over the years, Barnett is very aware of the history of art — of the great master painters who have lived and worked and to whom all contemporary artists owe a debt.”
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Bassoonist Pool to perform solo recital tomorrow at SFA

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present bassoonist Scott Pool in a guest recital at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Cole Concert Hall in the Wright Music Building on the SFA campus.

Pool’s program, “The Romantic Bassoon,” will feature music from 19th century Romanticism, either from the era or in its spirit, Pool said.

“The bassoon has a lyrical voice of great expression, which is not often heard in the orchestral setting,” he said. “This solo recital seeks to exploit the melodic nature of the instrument.”
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College of Fine Arts, School of Music to showcase SFA cellist Raychev tonight

SFA’s College of Fine Arts and School of Music will present Dr. Evgeni Raychev in a faculty recital at 7:30 p.m. tonight in the Cole Concert Hall on the SFA campus.

Titled “Cello Airs,” Raychev’s concert will feature cello favorites diversified with some violin transcriptions.

“Some works will be familiar to the audience members, while others may not be,” said Raychev, cello instructor in the School of Music. “Everything on the program, however, is taken from the music jewelry box, and I hope the listener will leave the recital with a personal satisfaction and delight."
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Celebrated photographer Morell to serve as Texas National juror

Distinguished photographer Abelardo Morell will serve as juror for the 22nd Texas National, SFA’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens Saturday, April 9, and runs through Saturday, June 11, in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House in downtown Nacogdoches.

Texas National features an assortment of art, including photography, painting, sculpture and mixed media, according to John Handley, director of SFA galleries. This year’s exhibition includes 93 pieces of art by 98 different artists from 29 states.
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